Africa

Jonathan, Malawian leader deplore conflicts in Africa

President Goodluck Jonathan and his Malawian counterpart, Mrs. Joyce Banda, yesterday in Abuja lamented the persistent and bloody conflicts across Africa. Jonathan said the new threats and challenges of terrorism, drug and human trafficking, climate change, kidnapping, poverty and sectarian conflicts in Africa was undermining the continent’s determined efforts towards achieving sustainable peace and development. He expressed concern that women and children, especially the girl-child,...

African Independence

In the 1930s and 1940s, global forces such as the Great Depression (the worldwide economic slump of the 1930s) and the development and onset of World War II significantly hampered the efforts of the Pan-African movement. Nevertheless, concern for Africa among people of African descent remained strong in the United States and Britain. American and British Pan-African groups mounted substantial protests when Italy...

Ghana’s President John Atta Mills dies at 68

Ghana's president, John Atta Mills, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Accra shortly after falling ill. Officials did not give a cause of death. Vice President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in to finish Mills's term. President John Atta Mills died five months short of finishing his first term in office and only days after celebrating his 68th birthday. He...

The price of investigating Julius Malema

Two journalists told South Africa how Julius Malema was funding his lavish lifestyle through the Ratanang Trust. On Saturday, they won a CNN Multichoice journalism award for their efforts. Now Piet Rampedi reveals the cost of the exposé – threats, intimidation, bodyguards and hotel rooms. The investigation into Malema’s finances was the culmination of three years' work for City Press journalists Piet Rampedi and...

The AU’s new chief: Who is Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma?

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a veteran of the apartheid struggle who has served every president since Nelson Mandela, has now taken the helm of the AU. Elected by the 54-member pan-African bloc in Ethiopia on Sunday, she becomes the first woman to head the African Union commission. An experienced diplomat, Dlamini-Zuma (63) is known for her competent management and stern personality. A doctor by training, she was health...

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